Alert: Pakistani Female journalist murdered

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has received a report that Shaheena Shaheen, a Baloch based female journalist, was shot dead in Kech, Balochistan on September 5. The PTV Bolan morning show anchor died after she was shot twice.

The PTV Bolan morning show anchor Shaheena Shaheen . Credit: The Express Tribune

Shaheen is known as being a strong supporter of gender equality and has campaigned for women’s empowerment in Balochistan. 

The Turbat police have commenced an investigation into the murder and now claim that Shaheen was killed by her own husband in what appears to be a case of ‘honour killing’. 

Earlier on November 25, 2019, Urooj Iqbal, a female journalist was shot and killed by her husband. Iqubal was allegedly killed by her husband for not agreeing to quit her job.

The IFJ and the PFUJ condemn the tragic killing of Shaheena Shaheen and are deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence against women in Pakistan. The perpetrators of these wanton, violent acts must be severely punished and authorities must make the safety of women a priority.  

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